Silver Lining for EU Tech Firms from NSA PRISM Scandal

I’ve been saying this for awhile… Now with the drop of the recent NSA bombshells by Edward Snowden, privacy conscience individuals outside of the US are going to have second thoughts about using any US company or services hosted in the US. Yeah, other countries are probably spying on their citizens and foreigners too but it’s more of dealing with the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

via South China Morning Post

France has its “Sovereign Cloud” project while across the Rhine data firms have created the label “Cloud Services: Made in Germany”, all trying to reassure big companies that their information is stored away from the prying eyes of US spies.

European firms believe revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has secretly gathered user data from nine big US Internet companies, including Microsoft and Google, will hand them a competitive advantage as they play catch-up with the dominant American players in “cloud computing”.

Yet companies and individuals may have to accept that while storing and processing their most sensitive information on servers owned by Europeans and located in Europe could keep it from the NSA’s eyes, intelligence agencies closer to home may be looking anyway.

“If you are going to have a Big Brother, I’d much rather have a domestic Big Brother than a foreign Big Brother,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at internet security company F-Secure, which also offers cloud services with data stored in the Nordic countries.

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